Ruth L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-518) interviewed by Sara Weinberger
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- January 24, 1985.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ruth L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-518). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ruth L., who was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia in approximately 1931, the older of two sisters. She recounts moving to Český Těšín; her family's affluence; German occupation; her father attending the World's Fair in the United States in April 1939 (he did not return due to the outbreak of war); evacuation to Kraków, then Bochnia in August 1939 in anticipation of German invasion; German bombings during which her aunt and cousin were killed; traveling to the Soviet zone; deportation to Siberia; forced labor with her mother; harsh conditions including starvation rations and freezing weather; transfer with other Czechs and Poles to Samarqand in December 1941; working on a collective farm; assistance from local Russians; her mother starving herself to give her rations to Ruth L. and her sister; illnesses and hospitalizations; her mother's death; transfer to another farm, then an orphanage; her father arranging for her and her sister to travel to the United States; transport to Mashhad; Soviet guards beating and brainwashing them not to reveal the circumstances under which they had lived; transfer to the United States Embassy in Tehran; traveling by ship to Italy; visiting Naples and Florence with American soldiers; arrival in New York in April 1945; examination by the Red Cross; and reunion with their father. Ms. L. discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences; not sharing her experiences prior to this recording; and the importance of hope and her faith to her survival.